Serial Bank Robber Arrested at Marriott Hotel After Heist

A serial bank robber who is accused of a 19-day crime spree was tracked to the Providence Marriott hotel by a contingency of police officers and federal agents, but was out of the room – pulling off another heist.

Thomas J. Flannery, 36, was allegedly pulling what the FBI Bank Robbery Task Force has dubbed a "note job" at a credit union in Pawtucket, Rhode Island on Monday, when a task force of law enforcement officials swarmed his room at the Marriott acting on a tip received by Boston police.

His girlfriend was arrested in the hotel room as police from Attleboro, Seekonk, Brookline and Boston, Mass., and Pawtucket, the FBI Bank Robbery Task Force and the Rhode Island State Police Fugitive Task Force waited for Flannery.

He was busted in the hotel's lobby at 10:30 a.m. State police tell AOL Travel News hotel guests were told to stay in their rooms.

But Eric Churchill, the hotel's general manager, says the situation was handled "very discreetly," guests were not impacted in any way and "business was not interrupted at all."

Churchill adds, "We appreciate the work of law enforcement officers who were involved in this situation, and the care and concern they presented for our hotel guests and associates."

Flannery is facing a plethora of federal charges connected to at least seven bank robberies in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. He was carrying cash consistent with the amount stolen Monday morning in Pawtucket, police say.

Flannery had already been imprisoned for robbing a Citizens Bank in South Attleboro, Mass., in 2005 – and hit the same bank this month, Attleboro Police spokesman Sgt. Arthur Brillon told the Sun Chronicle newspaper.

Flannery was released from a Massachusetts jail two months ago, state and Boston police say. He is being held by the Pawtucket police and will face federal charges connected to the bank robberies, parole violations, and being a fugitive from justice.

"We got a tip on his location and passed it on,'' a Boston police source, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, tells AOL Travel News. "This is a very bad character and we are glad the hotel guests were not put in harm's way."

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